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Everyone has a shadow. The shadow represents all a person has repressed. All their fears, shameful secrets, and dark memories. It brings doubt in our lives. Everytime we feel confident or optimistic, our shadow swoops down and changes our perspective. Everytime we want to reach a goal, our shadow reminds us why our dreams will always be out of reach. It’s part of our psyche. It dwells within us and inhabits our mind. It gives us a million reasons why our future seems unattainable.
Some of our shadows are larger than others. They possess more doubts and fears of an individual. The shadow will mess with your mind, and give you a reason not to try.
So why do we try? Why do we put ourselves through the same cycle day to day if only to get lost in the shadow world? Why do we pick ourselves up?
Because we learn to.
As humans we tell ourselves that it will get better even if things constantly seem out of reach. Even if we don’t succeed. Even when all hope seems to be lost. We are resilient.
When then do we become one with our shadow? Will it be a constant passenger through life? Or will it merge with us as we learn to accept the shadow for everything it is?
As for now, my shadow follows me. Some days I forget it’s there, but it never ceases to remind me of its presence every now and then. Somehow, I will learn what it takes to become unified with my shadow.
— Jack Kerouac (via dayzea)